This connection of everyone with lungs

December 4, 2002
Embedded deep in our cells is ourselves and everyone else.

Going back ten generations we have nine thousand ancestors and going back twenty-five we get thirty million.

All of us shaped by all of us and then other things as well, other things such as the flora and the fauna and all the other things as well.

When I speak of yours thighs and their long muscles of smoothness, I speak of yours cells and I speak of the British Embassy being closed in Kenya and the US urging more aggressive Iraq inspections and the bushfire that is destroying homes in Sydney.

And I speak of at least one dead after rioting in Dili and the arrest of Mukhlas, and Sharon’s offer of 40 percent of the West Bank and the mixed results of Venezuela’s oil strike and the overtures that Khatami is making to the US.

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Utdrag fra en poetry collection book skrevet av Juliana Spahr. Dette var en av de jeg likte best i Poetry & Politics faget som vi har hatt nå i høst.

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This connection of everyone with lungs

The Beat Generation

På torsdag skal jeg ha en liten introductory presentation av diktet Howl skrevet av Allen Ginsberg. Diktet var et av de første i kategorien beat poetry på 50tallet i USA. Vi hadde litt om beat poetry på North Park University, jeg husker jeg måtte lese et høyt foran klassen..!! I kveld så jeg filmen Howl fra 2010 som handler om hvordan diktet ble dømt obscene og måtte kjempes for i en rettsak (som Ginsberg vant). Filmen var ganske kul, for alle poetry-hipstere der ute! Se traileren om du lurer på hva beat poetry er. Forresten så spiller James Franco OG Jon Hamm (Don Draper i Madmen)!

Jeg liker beat poetry veldig godt, og synes det er både fascinerende, imponerende, inspirerende og stilig. Her er et lite utdrag fra Howl.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz.

The Beat Generation

Hjemmeeksamen

 Denne uken bor jeg på lesesalen. Jeg har nemlig hjemmeeksamen i litteraturfaget Shakespeare. Det er et 10 poengs fag, men føles som et 15 poengs fag.. Dette er oppgaven jeg skal svare på: ‘Shakespeare’s plays are less concerned with following the conventional forms of tragedy or comedy than with exploring the concept of dramatic personation.’ With reference to three of the plays you have studied, assess the validity of this claim. Ønsk meg lykke til! 

Hjemmeeksamen